Thursday, January 05, 2006

Merry Epiphany, everyone!

Or if you prefer, Feliz dia de Los Reyes.

Today (Jan 6) marks the 12th day of Christmas. The day when we celebrate the day the magi offered their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Jesus as a boy.

Mexicans like to leave their shoes outside with hay in them for the kings. What's so funny? Quit laughing. My people also like to celebrate by eating a Rosca, a ring shaped cake pastry-thing with a doll representing baby Jesus baked inside. Whoever gets the piece with the Jesus doll gets to throw a party on February 2nd. I said quit laughing.

Anyway, if you think Christmas has become too commercial, then join me in celebrating Epiphany!!

Some perks:
-12 more days of Christmas carols
-free up your hectic holiday schedule. Traffic in airports and on freeways clear out by Jan 6.
-no more being denied time off work because every pagan who has more seniority than you already has Christmas week off
-need more time to get presents? How does 12 days sound?!?
-take advantage of incredible After Christmas (or Pre-Epiphany) sales

Who's with me?!?!
Ok, those last 2 are a bit commercial, aren't they? And that 3rd one...oy.

Seriously though, could one more day to reflect on the miracle and purpose of Christ's birth (His death and resurrection) be a bad thing? And really, what's the point of celebrating Christmas if we have no epiphany?


At 1:55 AM, Anonymous Katherine said...

Hey, Joe! They celebrate it here in France, too! Only the thing hidden in the cake isn't usually baby Jesus, it's other weird things. They call the cake La Galette des Rois, and it can be almond flavored, or pear, or just a sugared bread ring. It's fun, anyway! Thanks for telling me which day it is; I wasn't sure, since they start selling the cakes way before.

At 9:11 AM, Blogger randall said...

Hmm, we made a point of celebrating epiphany at Vineyard Boise last year. Guess they forgot this year though they may mention it tomorrow. Come to think of it, I haven't been there in a couple of weeks during vacation travels, so maybe they did!

At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Linda said...

I love the celebration...I just think you should include that the person who "crunches" down on the poor baby Jesus is the "Wise One" in the group, therefore they get the honor of throwing the next party.
How did your shoes work out...was the hay gone?
Mom, Linda

At 10:54 PM, Blogger Sami said...

'kay, I know you have pneumonia and all, but geez man! Time for a new post!


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